Hinc itur ad astra


Cellarius, A. Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens... Amsterdam, 1708.

German mathematician, historian, theoretician of military fortifications, cartographer Andreas Cellarius‘s‘(ca 1596–1665) celestial atlas Macrocosmic harmony... It had to be a work on cosmography in two parts; however its second part had never been published. The Atlas contains schemes of all principal theories of the Sun system structure that prevailed at that time (K. Ptolemaeus’s, M. Copernicus’s and T. Brahe‘s), climate zones of the Earth, a table of magnitudes of stars, illustrations of the Sun, the Moon and planets, and annexed 8 star charts at the end. All 29 double illustrated pages coloured by hand.

Northern celestial hemisphere star chart includes Christian names of constellations, different from those from the Antiquity time that we have been used to, e.g: The Arc of Noah ( Argo Navis ), St. Peter‘s boat (Great Bear or Big Dipper), St. Michael (Little Bear or Little Dipper), Easter Lamb (Little Dog) constellations. Zodiac constellations were given the names of the Apostles.

Northern celestial hemisphere star chart, where constellations have antique names we are used to, e.g.: Aquarius (Water-Bearer), Leo (Lion), Ursa major (Great Bear) , etc..